Chapters 8–10

In this re-imagining of the Snow White story, Snow attempts to rescue her kingdom from the Evil Queen.
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  1. appraise
    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
    Light, light! she said in her mind, and when she opened her eyes there was, indeed, a flame atop the wick of the candle where moments before there had been none.
    “Good!” her master appraised.
  2. suitor
    a man who courts a woman
    The farmer never received suitors that had come calling on her.
  3. shroud
    cover as if with a burial garment
    For a shop shrouded in mystery, they had a lot of patrons.
  4. patron
    a regular customer
    For a shop shrouded in mystery, they had a lot of patrons.
  5. exacting
    severe and unremitting in making demands
    It is clear thou art exacting and strong. Lightning in the eye of the storm. The wait to become thy own master shall not be long.
  6. shoddy
    of inferior workmanship and materials
    Carefully pulling the bookcase away, she spotted some shoddy rags.
  7. incantation
    a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect
    With her hand on the glass, she could see the journey of the mirror: it had been welded out of molten lava, cloaked figures reciting incantations around it as the glass was formed and cooled.
  8. commune
    share or interact intimately with
    They hid it away in a cave in the darkest recesses of the forest, visiting from time to time to care for the mirror and commune with it.
  9. emanate
    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    It was only then that she realized the glass, while foggy, emanated purple and black shapes, which seemed to swirl like fire.
  10. wane
    grow smaller
    “This fact does not wane,” the mirror said. “You are meant to be queen, and long will you reign.”
  11. parchment
    a superior paper resembling sheepskin
    “You?” Ingrid sputtered, grabbing the piece of parchment and reading it hungrily. “‘King Georg cordially invites you...” she read.
  12. cordially
    in a politely friendly manner
    “You?” Ingrid sputtered, grabbing the piece of parchment and reading it hungrily. “‘King Georg cordially invites you...” she read.
  13. knoll
    a small natural hill
    It was a cottage with a thatched roof and it sat in the middle of a grassy knoll like a mirage.
  14. respite
    a relief from harm or discomfort
    Maybe there were people there who might give her a quick respite.
  15. dissipate
    cause to separate and go in different directions
    If she’d had any doubts that someone currently lived in the cottage, they dissipated the minute she stepped over the threshold.
  16. loft
    floor consisting of open space at the top of a house
    If the downstairs were this messy, she could only imagine what she might find in the loft.
  17. deduce
    conclude by reasoning
    “So she does speak,” said the angry one, who Snow deduced must be the one called Grumpy.
  18. forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    She looked at their forlorn faces.
  19. quota
    a prescribed number
    “King Georg always had us meet a quota, but as payment for a job well done we could keep a percentage of our findings,” Doc added.
  20. humble
    low or inferior in station or quality
    She’d have loved this humble abode and the people who lived in it.
  21. abode
    housing that someone is living in
    She’d have loved this humble abode and the people who lived in it.
  22. qualm
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
    The farmer had no qualms about giving Katherine’s hand away, but he didn’t want to be burdened with Ingrid.
  23. pomp
    ceremonial elegance and splendor
    She grinned painfully through the royal wedding, with all its pomp and circumstance.
  24. fanfare
    a gaudy outward display
    The fanfare caused the kingdom to grind to a complete halt.
  25. quarry
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    Not a single subject worked that day; no fields were sown nor quarries mined.
  26. pillage
    steal goods; take as spoils
    The kingdom could have been pillaged as the people danced, but Katherine was sure it would not be.
  27. gouge
    swindle; obtain by coercion
    There was no more price gouging—no charging people more for the loveliest apples in the orchard.
  28. betrothed
    the person to whom you are engaged
    She wouldn’t have allowed her betrothed to appear soft to his enemies.
  29. rue
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
    Katherine convinced Georg that being kind to his people was more important than being feared. Ingrid was certain the day would come when they would both rue that ideology, but it hadn’t come yet.
  30. ideology
    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
    Katherine convinced Georg that being kind to his people was more important than being feared. Ingrid was certain the day would come when they would both rue that ideology, but it hadn’t come yet.
  31. impart
    transmit, as knowledge or a skill
    You alone can infiltrate the head and the heart. Together, our wisdom you shall impart.
  32. inane
    devoid of intelligence
    Ingrid would have her ear until she was interrupted for something inane like another garden party with the silly subjects.
  33. painstaking
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
    She had been so careful with it, hiding it painstakingly whenever he wasn’t around.
  34. coddle
    treat with excessive indulgence
    “Yes! Coddle her, Ingrid. Babies need to be coddled and told all will be right with the world.”
  35. disdain
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    One of the handmaidens gave Ingrid a look of disdain. Ingrid didn't care.
Created on March 24, 2020 (updated March 24, 2020)

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